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Typical Owls

Typical Owls
» Life span: 20 years or more
» Weight: typical owls–1.5 ounces to 9 pounds (42.5 grams to 4 kilograms)
» Range: every continent except Antarctica
» Wingspan: up to 43 inches.
» Females larger than males.
» Species: typical owls–189 species; barn owls–16 species
» Food: Rodents, birds, reptiles, fish, large insects.

Since owls are night birds, they are difficult to see although their characteristic songs and calls can often be easily heard.Because there are owls living everywhere, there’s a good chance that there are several different species of owls living near your home. Some owls prefer cold climates, while others live in deserts or rain forests. Some, like barn owls Tyto alba, hunt in wide open spaces. Others, like long-eared owls Asio sp., make their home in the forest. A small wingspan on a chestnut-backed owlet Glaucidium castanonotum helps it to navigate around trees in a tropical rain forest, but the longer wings on a barn owl are ideal for cruising over open fields. Animals that are active at night usually have large eyes, which lets them make use of any available light. With owls, the eyes are so big that they can’t move in any direction. This means that an owl must move its entire head to follow the movement of prey, but it also gives it better focus with both eyes looking in the same direction. And even though it seems that an owl can twist its head completely around, most owls actually turn their heads no more than 270 degrees.
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